University of Pikeville

College of Arts & Sciences
147 Sycamore Street
Pikeville, Kentucky 41501
(606) 218-5250
wewantyou@upike.edu

 

Why Take ROTC?

Leadership development that lasts a lifetime
Students at the University of Pikeville are provided the opportunity not only for a quality education, but the challenge of character building, critical thinking and the finest leadership training through Army ROTC. These skills set students apart from their contemporaries and are vital to success in civilian and military careers.

Few programs can transform you the way Army ROTC does. Army ROTC (Reserve Officers Training Corps) is one of the most prestigious and widely recognized leadership organizations in the country and the largest provider of the framework, tools and training to lead others, motivate groups and conduct missions as an officer of the Army.

Those who choose to complete the training will have the opportunity to serve as officers on active duty, the National Guard or Army Reserves.


Cadets conducting flag raising ceremony on the UPIKE campus.

Career of your choice
Army ROTC prepares college students to succeed in any competitive environment. The leadership training and experiences that students have in Army ROTC will provide them with a foundation to become commissioned Army Officers upon graduation.

Upon completion of the Army ROTC program, graduates will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the Army in either the active duty, National Guard or Reserve components. These officers will receive specialized training in their assigned fields and opportunities for post graduate education. Those who chose to continue will be provided the opportunity for a career of service.   

ROTC pays in more ways than one
ROTC offers a variety of ways to pay for college through scholarships and other opportunities. ROTC scholarships are some of the best college scholarships available and cover most of your education to include full tuition, books and a living allowance.

ROTC provides some of the best leadership training in the world. Employers everywhere recognize the value of hiring officers with proven, real world leadership skills and experience. ROTC provides students a real advantage in the job market.

Beyond the classroom
While classes will help develop individual leadership and group problem solving, the Army ROTC out-of-classroom labs let you get active and outdoors with:

  • Rappelling
  • Rifle marksmanship
  • Obstacle courses
  • Land navigation
UPIKE cadets train on high ropes course.

Contracted students can also participate in adventure training in airborne, air assault and mountain warfare training schools. The unique skill-set provided by the Army ROTC prepares students to tenaciously tackle the future in military or civilian life.

Who are we looking for?
We are looking for the same kind of individuals that other top organizations seek: scholars, athletes and leaders. If you enjoy a challenging environment, consider yourself a leader and consider integrity, selflessness, toughness and courage to be attributes you have or desire, then you will succeed in UPIKE’s Army ROTC program.The 100 and 200 level classes are open as electives to all UPIKE students with no commitment or obligation. These classes teach basic life and leadership skills. They are a great fit as electives or for students curious about ROTC and the Army.

The 300 and 400 level classes are for students who have contracted and joined the ROTC program. They teach advanced leadership and prepare students to serve as officers in United States Army.

Minor

For information about the Army ROTC minor, click on the button below.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Check out the FAQs for students, parents or advisors.



Scholarship Opportunities

The Four-Year High School Scholarship is for high school students planning on attending a four-year college program. Contact your high school academic advisor or campus Military Science department for more information.

Requirements

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be between the ages of 17 and 26
  • Have a high school GPA of at least 2.50
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Score a minimum of 920 on the SAT (math/verbal) or 19 on the ACT (excluding the required writing test scores)
  • Meet physical standards
  • Agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army on Active Duty or in a Reserve Component (Army Reserve or Army National Guard)

Your Commitment

  • An eight-year service commitment with the Army.
  • Serve full-time in the Army for four years and four years with the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR).
  • Selected Cadets may choose to serve part-time in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career

Apply Online For An Army ROTC Four-Year High School Scholarship
If you are applying for a scholarship, you first will need to create a MY GOARMY account. Once you create an account, you will be sent to the MY GOARMY login page. Once you can successfully login to MY GOARMY, you can use your newly created account information to login to the scholarship application site.
 

profile shot of a rotc student looking to the side

Army ROTC Scholarships Provide

  • Full-tuition scholarships
  • The option for room and board in place of tuition, if you should qualify
  • Additional allowances for books and fees

Living Expenses

  • 1st year, $300 per month
  • 2nd year, $350 per month
  • 3rd year, $450 per month
  • 4th year, $500 per month

Two and three-year college scholarships

Requirements

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be between the ages of 17 and 26
  • Have a high school GPA of at least 2.50
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Score a minimum of 920 on the SAT (math/verbal) or 19 on the ACT (excluding the required writing test scores)
  • Meet physical standards
  • Agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army on Active Duty or in a Reserve Component (Army Reserve or Army National Guard)

Your Commitment

  • Serve full-time in the Army for four years
  • Selected cadets may choose to serve part-time in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career

Talk to your campus Military Science department about other ways to join Army ROTC.

andrew mclain rotc student getting pinned at ceremony before commencement
Cadet Andrew McClain pinned as second lieutenant.

 

Army ROTC Scholarships Provide

  • Full-tuition scholarships
  • The option for room and board in place of tuition, if you should qualify
  • Additional allowances for books and fees

Living Expenses

  • 1st year, $300 per month
  • 2nd year, $350 per month
  • 3rd year, $450 per month
  • 4th year, $500 per month

Enlisted to Officer Program

The deadline for submission of Green to Gold ADO and Scholarship Applications will be determined upon opening of the application window.

Enrollment Options
The Army Green to Gold Program is designed to offer enlisted soldiers in the Army the opportunity to earn a commission as Army officers This program offers enlisted soldiers several unique ways to earn a baccalaureate or graduate degree:

The Simultaneous Membership Program allows you to attend Army ROTC and serve in the U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard at the same time. It gives you an opportunity for additional training and experience. Cadets serve as officer trainees in the Army Reserve or National Guard while completing college. You can earn Army Reserve/National Guard pay and benefits in addition to your Army ROTC allowances.

Are you in the Army National Guard or Army Reserves? Enroll in ROTC through the Simultaneous Membership Program. SMP is a cooperative program that places Reserve Component soldiers into officer-trainee positions with their TPU unit while they participate as full-time students in ROTC. SMP cadets are non-deployable so they can complete their college degree.

Cadet Clay Maggard conducts briefing during training exercises.
Cadet Clay Maggard conducts briefing during training exercises.

Benefits:

  • Tuition assistance
  • Receive experience and serve in a TPU as a company grade officer.
  • Receive a Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GFRD) scholarship if desired. Non-scholarship students may request GRFD contract, and if approved, are assured they will have United States Army Reserve unit duty only.
  • Receive pay as an E-5.
  • Receive annual training pay with TPU (an E-5 is entitled to $66.00 for each day of AT; plus Basic Housing allowance for the number of days at AT).
  • Receive a ROTC subsistence allowance of $350-500 per month for 10 month ($3,500-$5,000 per year)
  • Receive Advance ROTC Camp cadet pay during the summer of your junior year (approximately $700)

Simultaneous Membership Program Scholarships
Four, three and two-year scholarships are available to qualified members of the National Guard or Reserves. These scholarships cover:

  • Full-tuition
  • The option for room and board in place of tuition, if you should qualify
  • Additional allowances for books and fees
  • Monthly stipend for living allowance.

REQUIREMENTS
In order to qualify for these scholarships, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Have a minimum high school GPA of 2.5
  • Have a minimum score of 920 on the SAT or 19 on the ACT
  • Complete the ROTC Basic Course requirements or Basic Combat Training
  • Be medically and morally qualified
Cadet Zach Frazier sworn in as a second lieutenant.

Cadet Zach Frazier sworn in as a second lieutenant.

Federal Tuition Assistance (FTA) Army Reservist or Army National Guard:  If you have one year of service after completion of Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training you may be eligible for FTA up to $4,000 per year ($2,000 per semester).
For details click here.State Tuition Assistance (STA) Army National Guard:
If you have completed Basic Training you may be eligible for STA up to $8,784 per year ($4,392 per semester).
For details click here.

If you commit to a six-year enlistment in the Military Reserves or National Guard, then you can receive:

  • $337 a month as a full-time student.
  • This amount may vary.

To activate Chapter 1606:

  1. Fill out Application 22-1990.
  2. Provide a notice of basic eligibility (NOBE) from the drilling unit.
  3. Once registered with UPIKE, provide all paperwork to UPIKE’s VA Certifying Official.
Cadet Cody Foister assists cadets in patrolling.
Cadet Cody Foister assists cadets in patrolling.

Contact

Todd McLean

Director of Military Services
(606) 218-5732
ToddMcLean@upike.edu